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Villager torpedoed twice and lived

A GARELOCHHEAD villager was torpedoed twice in World War Two — and lived to tell both tales.

That was exactly what James Reeves did when Helensburgh Heritage Trust prepared a DVD in which local people recalled interesting memories of the war.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 September 2018 11:42 )

 

Art educator was talented artist

A HELENSBURGH man who was a champion of the arts had many connections with Charles Rennie Mackintosh — and was a huge fan of the famous architect’s Hill House mansion in Upper Colquhoun Street.

Sir Harry Jefferson Barnes, himself a talented artist, lived in the burgh from 1947-70 and spent most of his career at Glasgow School of Art — tragically gutted by fire overnight on June 15-16 for the second time in four years.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 August 2018 17:42 )

MAEE tested Dambusters bombs

THURSDAY MAY 17 2018 was the 75th anniversary of a major event in World War Two which had very significant Helensburgh connections.

Cinemas throughout the UK showed the epic and moving 1955 film “The Dam Busters”, starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd, which recreated the true story of Operation Chastise when in 1943 the RAF’s 617 Squadron attacked the Möhne, Eder, and Sorpe dams in Nazi Germany with Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 June 2018 14:08 )

Popular Provost was innovator

IF THERE is one name from Helensburgh’s civic past — apart from Henry Bell — which still resonates today, it is that of Breingan.

You only have to google the name of Alexander Breingan, and without even opening any websites you find that he was the first captain of Helensburgh Golf Club — and the Breingan Medal, presented in 1894, is the club’s oldest trophy.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 June 2018 13:24 )

Holy sisters revered on Garelochside

ON THE HILLSIDE above Garelochhead there is a small sandstone monument near the B833.

Along a signposted track created by Ghurkas in 1992 and next to a picnic table, it is inscribed only: “Here Isabella Campbell was wont to pray.”

Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:14 )

Reporter specialises in TV scoops

A SEAT beside a desk in the editorial office of the Helensburgh Advertiser in 1995 was occupied by a young reporter with a talent for finding stories.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2018 11:05 )

Rosneath minister helped university grow

THIS second story features the second Mr Story — fellow Rosneath minister Robert Herbert Story, son of Robert Story.

Both parish ministers were much loved by their Garelochside congregation, but while his father was in post for 42 years until his death, the son moved on to become a major figure in religious education.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:15 )

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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